Just a few weeks ago the Big 12 conference and its commissioner Bob Bowslby were the shining lights of the college football season electing to have a 2020 football season just a few days after the Big Ten and the Pac-12 elected to just the opposite. The decision breathed life into the Power 5 schools as the SEC and the ACC followed suit quickly.
Less than two weeks after this decision was made, Bowlsby stressed the importance of making the football season actually happen, in whatever capacity, as it was the tipping point for the rest of the 2020-2021 seasons for college sports.
The next two to three weeks will be truly critical for the abbreviated college football season. As students return to campus, there will be a great amount of monitoring campuses to see how whether large groups congregate at bars, houses, parties etc. That combined with mask wearing and the first chance for hundreds, if not thousands, of people to return to typically small college towns will either balance out or be the perfect storm to take down college football.
Bowlsby’s statement while ominous, is truthful. The NCAA, and the Power 5 schools essentially, have had about five months to make a plan for the fall. There was no singular common plan made, instead everyone has made their own decisions. If schools cannot figure out how to safely and effectively have a football season in less than a month from now, it will be a tipping point for athletics throughout the rest of the academic calendar. The next few weeks will essentially lay out how sports will or will not happen for the next year in collegiate athletics.